This week Holiday Inn challenged Elin to experience one of our many Running Routes and here is what she thought!
Last weekend I visited my hometown of Cardiff and my dad and I decided to try out one of Holiday Inn’s Running Routes. As I’ve touched on previously, my Dad is the main reason I got into running – he’s my running hero! Not only is he on marathon number 34 himself, but he’s just so consistent – whether there are hills or if it’s a flat run along the river, he never fails to break pace (which makes him such a great running partner)!
Holiday Inn has Running Routes all around the country (check them out here). There are two great routes in Cardiff which will take you through the gorgeous Bute park – there’s a 4.75KM option and a 9.5KM option. The park itself comprises 130 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland that once formed the grounds of Cardiff Castle. Not only do you get a great view of the castle on your way into the park, but you also have incredible views of the back of the castle.
Having grown up in the area, I may be a bit biased, but the park is absolutely wonderful. It also brought back some lovely memories – from running the Cancer Research UK Race for Life to my old gymnastics club and just hanging out with friends.
We decided on the 4.75KM route and so we entered the park at the south point (just over the road from the Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre Hotel). The wall that encompasses the park is adorned with stone animals and followed the dock feeder canal along the eastern edge of the park – past the beautiful Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and up to Blackweir (where I spent my high school years competing in cross-country races). We then crossed the River Taff and followed it back down to the end of the park – past Sophia Gardens, home to the Glamorgan County Cricket Ground, where test matches are played, and the Sport Wales National Centre (where I used to go to gymnastics sessions).
If you’re staying in Cardiff and fancy going for a run, this is the perfect route – and with the help of Holiday Inn’s Running Routes, you can’t mess it up! In fact, if you’re visiting a new location then the Rest and Run Hub is a great resource – there are so many routes on there, for so many different cities. And, as they’re all different lengths, there’s something for everyone.
On a separate note, I would highly recommend the Holiday Inn Cardiff City Centre hotel because of its incredible location – if you’re down for a weekend of rugby or for the Cardiff Half, then you’re in prime position! Not only is the stadium directly behind the hotel, but the start line of the Cardiff Half is just outside the castle – less than 300m away from the hotel entrance!